There are many types of (non-alcoholic) bottled and canned drinks that you can buy in vending machines and at convenience stores in Japan. One of the most popular, which has a very strange name is called Pocari Sweat, first sold in 1980.
A mild-tasting and relatively light sweet drink, it contains water and electrolyte minerals such as, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium and Calcium – to replenish body fluids lost through perspiration. Like Gatorade, it is recommended as a beverage for physical activities such as sports and exercise.
Do you have Pocari Sweat in your region? If you do, have you tried it and how do you like it?
A fellow Canadian living in Japan, Eric In Sendai has also blogged about different drinks in Japan: